Secondary Lifeguard Responsibilities

Guard while on duty; secondary responsibilities are for later.

Prioritizing the wide array of lifeguarding responsibilities can be made much easier by distinguishing between primary responsibilities and secondary responsibilities. And distinguishing between the two isn’t difficult because all lifeguards… regardless of age, location, and seniority have one primary responsibility.

A Lifeguard’s Primary Responsibility

The primary responsibility of a lifeguard is to ensure patron safety and protect lives.

Any other task that a lifeguard may be asked to complete should be considered a secondary or tertiary responsibility, and therefore, should never take precedence over water surveillance.

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